The Houston Astros just announced that they will resume play in Houston on Saturday with a doubleheader against the Mets.
The series was to begin on Friday and most people believed it’d be played either in New York or in St. Petersburg due to ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, but now it will be played roughly as scheduled at Minute Maid Park.
Friday’s game is being postponed and will be part of a twin bill on Saturday. The first game will take place at 1:10PM Central time, the nightcap will begin at 7:10PM. Sunday’s game will go on as-scheduled.
Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, said in a statement, “We feel that the Astros playing this weekend will provide a much-needed boost for our city. The games will provide an opportunity for families to start returning to some aspect of normal life.”
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.